Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Direct Difference Delivered Timely, Accurate Data Abstraction in support of UCLA Ronald Reagan’s participation in the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative. UCLA received a Certificate of Achievement with a Three Star Rating! For more information about SVS/VQI, please go to Ask how we can help with your VQI data by clicking here.

Direct Difference Accurate Data Abstraction for UCLA Ronald Reagan Med Ctr Certificate of Achievement Award

Data Registry Abstraction

We probably do not have to explain the clinical and business benefits of robust data registry abstraction. You probably already know that better data enables your practitioners and staff to be more productive and increase the effectiveness of changes in protocol and policies. Direct Difference is the one company that you can turn to that can make it happen.

Data Registry

Direct Difference supports accurate, reliable data abstraction of clinical data registries. Our commitment is excellence.

Core Measures &
Data Abstraction

We have been abstracting and supporting core measure abstraction since its inception. We offer unparalleled expertise.

Medical Records
Research/Peer Review

Ask us about our customized processes for OPPE and FPPE reviews for Emergency, Medical, Surgical, Anesthesia Services.

Technology & Software

We’re an effective and efficient partner, with extensive affiliations and support for specialized technology and software.

Data registry abstraction give us data-based insight into specific diseases and procedural processes within our organization. When viewed in aggregate form, data opens greater opportunity for research and broader insights into correlative clinical trials and/or policy changes. Most of all, data registry abstraction can give you management clarity that you need to achieve your performance goals.

We have found that at registry abstraction can have trouble keeping up with technology. The data is often located away in IT-intensive clinical departments that operate on limited budgets. But the limitations translate into limited access for practitioners and staff who need the data to do their jobs better. As you know, with better data, care improves, efficiency expands and submission rates grow. Data registry abstraction can also lead to increased patient care and better outcomes.

Direct Difference has the IT skills and administrative insights to resolve the ‘limitations’ and allow health care organizations to benchmark core measures with greater accuracy and maintain the vital chain of high level of accuracy and data integrity.

Currently we monitor all ACC/NCDR registries (see list below) including GWTG (Stroke Limited/Complete/Comprehensive) and GWTG-HF.

NCDR Registries

More than 2,400 hospitals and about 1,000 outpatient participate in the NCDR registries. NCDR® (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) is a comprehensive outcomes-based quality improvement program that support cardiovascular care. The registries comprise benchmarked clinical data from more than 18 million patient records to help our clients build evidence-based rationale for informed treatment choices and lower treatment costs. NCDR includes six hospital-based registries and one outpatient registry and is operated by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Among the NCDR registries that are now included in our abstraction services:

  • ACTION Registry® GWTG™: high-risk STEMI/NSTEMI myocardial infarction patients
  • CARE Registry®: carotid  artery stenting and endarterectomy procedures
  • CathPCI Registry®: cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention procedures
  • ICD Registry™: tracking implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedures
  • IMPACT Registry™: adult and pediatric congenital heart conditions
  • STS/ACC TVT Registry™: transcatheter valve therapy procedures
  • PVI Registry: Peripheral Vascular procedures

Cancer Registry

The National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are vital resources that facilitate the improved understanding and treatment of cancer.

Sepsis Registry

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign seeks to simplify the process of caring for patients with severe sepsis.

NTDB National Trauma Data Standard

The new National Trauma Registry (NTR) is a comprehensive registry that has standardized data abstraction for the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB).

Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure and Stroke Registries

The Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Heart Failure and Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Stroke registries promotes continuity in patient care and adherence to proven treatment guidelines.

ACS NSQIP® Registry

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has a mission to save more than 100,000 lives and reduce healthcare cost by $25 billion in one year.